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10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 14, 1998

FOOTBALL
Continued from Page 9
practice field.
"Hopefully, we'll continue to have
good weather," Carr said. "The best
thing that's happened this spring is
we've been outside every day.
"Ten of (the practices) have been
outside -- which is absolutely a
record."
While Michigan's progress remains
restricted-- the NCAA limits the prac-
tice allotment to 15 days each spring,
and the Wolverines have already had
12 workouts - the injuries have
become Carr's greatest concern.
Most of the players are sidelined
with major injuries, but in a couple
cases, the possibility of further compli-
cations is too much to chance further
play. For that reason, defensive line-
man Josh Williams and offensive tack-
le Jon Jansen will avoid the contact and
cheer on their teammates.
The injury bug also bit Juaquin
Feazell, who had his knee scoped but
"will be fine" by the fall, Carr said.
Tickets will cost $5 for adults
(they're free for fans 18 and under) and
are available at the Michigan Ticket
Office through Friday. On the day of
the game, tickets can be purchased at
Gates 1 and 10 outside Crisler Arena.
The usual autograph session will take
place on the field after the game.
The question on everyone's mind, of
course, pertains to the quarterback sit-
uation. After Brian Griese guided the
Wolverines with the kind of mistake-

free leadership the Wolverines hadn't
seen in years, everybody - Carr
included - wants to know if Tom
Brady, the frontrunner for the position,
can pick up where Griese left off.
According to Carr, Brady "had an
excellent spring." Still. Saturday's
scrimmage should also give the coach-
es a chance to evaluate a couple other
quarterback candidates in game situa-
tions. Scott Dreisbach and Jason
Kapsner both return after minimal
action last season, and Carr said
"Saturday will be a test" for both of
them.
The other potential player at the
quarterback position won't even play
this weekend. Incoming freshman
Drew Henson is just about to graduate
from nearby Brighton High School.
"I think he's going to compete," Carr
said. "I'm anxious to see him play."
Some former Wolverines are prepar-
ing themselves for the upcoming NFL
Draft. While Woodson is a cinch to go
in the first few picks, Griese's fate is
not as certain. But Carr bristles at the
suggestion - a not infrequent one, if
you listen to pro scouts - that Griese
won't make it in the NFL.
"I'll tell you this," Carr said. "Brian
Griese will play in the NFL, and he'll
be a very good player in the NFL."
All in all, Carr said he is looking for-
ward to getting back on the sidelines
- and he hopes to pick up right where
Michigan last left off.
"I don't tell them they have to forget
about last year," Carr said. "They have
to build on last year."

FALCONS
Continuedfrom Page9
The Wolverines seemed to have the game wrapped up in the
fifth, leading 9-3. But in the next four innings, the Wolverines
gave up eight runs and committed an unheard-of five errors.
This sloppy contest was not extinguished until the top of the
ninth, when Tyler Steketee struck out the side with the bases
loaded.
Bobby Scales said "A win is a win" after the game, but if the
Falcons face the same Wolverines they saw last week, they
might take advantage of the opportunity to defeat last year's
Big Ten champs.
"Since we started off pretty poorly, and we need wins, we4
treat every game as a big game," rightfielder Derek Besco said.
But the big question is: Which team will show up tomorrow
- and furthermore, for the rest of the season? The Wolverines
are in seventh place in the Big Ten standings, but remarkably
are only four games behind conference-leading Illinois.
"Last season the Big Ten ----.--------------
championship came down to the Today's game
final weekend," Besco said. Who: Michigan vs. Bowling
"We're not going to worry about Green
what other teams do, but rather Where: Bowling Green, Ohio
just win our games and stay When: 300 p.m.
focused on our goal." Notables: A win against
But the goal the Wolverines Bowlin Green today will
set for themselves at the begin- push Michigan back up to the
.500 mark. On Apr. 7,
ning of the season can be erased Michigan defeated the Falcons
with another series blunder. in a hitting war, 13-11.
Besco said their goal is still to
win the Big Ten, but more important, to reach the NCAA
regionals.
Michigan has already played the top three teams in the Big
Ten: In Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio State. Teams such as Penn
State, Michigan State, Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan
- all middle-of-the-road ballclubs remain on the schedule.
Michigan's confidence has been rattled. The Wolverines'
horrid trip to Texas disappointed many, and up until
Minnesota, the only fans Michigan had were the managers and
redshirt freshmen in the stands.
But can we really believe that this talented Michigan squad
will steam roll into the Big Ten Tournament?
Or will Michigan falter this week against Bowling Green
and Michigan State? Only time will tell if consistency will
prevail.

Kampfe finds her place

KAMPFE
Continued from Page 9
Wisconsin. After following McGregor,
the race favorite, for nearly the entire
five kilometers, Kampfe passed her
down the final stretch to take the vic-
tory in stunning fashion. One week
after her only individual victory of the

season, she earned all-America status,
the same distinction her sister had
earned during her career as a swim-
mer.
Finally, after swimming alongside
her sister, running with boys and leav-
ing her home state to pursue her
dream, Elizabeth Kampfe had become
a star.

LOUIS BROWN/Daily
Despite a slow start to the season, members of the Michigan baseball team say their goal is still to win
the Big Ten championship and advance in the NCAA Tournament

In-state rivalry not so
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rights in their own backyard.
Conrad characterized the mood of
the team: "We've already beat
Central, so let's take care of State."
And if the Wolverines, riding high
on their 34-3 record, want to "take
care of" the Spartans, they'll once
again rely on the golden arm of
Griffin.
The senior's victory total is at 21
and counting, and she has yet to suf-
fer a loss this season.
But she'll have to contend with the
size-.349 bat of Michigan State's
Margaret Hollis, along with the rest
of the Spartans' lineup, to extend
Michigan's streak.
A victory in today's first game

would also extend Michigan's Big Ten
winning streak to 25, and take the
streak past the one-year mark as well.
The Wolverines' last conference loss
came on April 13, 1997, in a 4-1
defeat at the hands of Northwestern.
But streaks rarely weigh on the
minds of the athletes who create
them. As Conrad -- Michigan's top
hitter - put it, today's game should
be "another day, another game of
softbalL."
Maybe for the No. 2 team in all the
land. But for a middle-of-the-pack
Big Ten team like Michigan State,
this could be a chance to turn around
a so-so season. And, Conrad said,
"teams get up for us."
Who wouldn't get excited at the
chance to knock off an in-state rival,
and one of the nation's top team to

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The Michigan softball team will need some follow-through, and not just from
Tammy Mika, above, today when It faces Michigan State twice in East Lansing.
The Wolverines haven't lost a Big Ten game in more than a year.

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